Cigarettes are cheaper in the former Eastern Bloc states like Poland etc where you can get 200 Lambert & Butler for approx £20. In Tesco that would cost you £67.40. White van man £40.00?
This is all because the Euro continues to spiral downward. So get yourself off on a trip and get your stocks replenished. Pay for your tobacco in Belgium with Sterling and if you are in Poland, Bulgaria get your Sterling changed there. Look around and you get some really good deals and if you negotiate you can do even better. Don't get your currency here in the UK for those countries.
Yes l know we've got the current tactics by HMRC but that's only if you get them seized. Go prepared with your Statement of Truth etc, set your recorder going as soon as you disembark so you are ready if stopped ( tell them you are recording them on your mobile phone and don't mention your covert recorder) and finally ... don't sign their notebook ... ever!
Don't be afraid of the UKBA/Border Force Bogeyman, stand your ground and take away his weapons that he loves to use on shoppers ... intimidation, interrogation and his notebook ... and then hit him with facts (not literally, although one has to be tempted at times).
We, ourselves, are going shortly. We'll give you the report when we return. Pop over to Daytripper for good ferry deals ... or have a look at the coach trips ... or try our bus with us! :)